An award-winning community gardening club is expecting to bloom after a donation from a Derbyshire company enabled them to put down roots in its village.
The Hogweed Gardening Club, in Hognaston, has received a donation of £240 from Lubrizol, in Hazelwood, which will be used to hire the village hall for one evening a month.
The group has 60 members from Hognaston and neighbouring villages including Middleton, Brassington, Hulland and Wirksworth, who all share a love of horticulture.
Although the group was formed just four years ago, members have won the Community Container Award at the Royal Horticultural Society Chatsworth Flower Show for two years in succession.
Chair of the Hogweed Gardening Club, Valerie Palmer, said: “It can be quite isolating living in remote Derbyshire villages, so community groups such as the gardening club are very important to some people.
“The generous donation from Lubrizol means we can fund the rental of the village hall every month for the next 10 meetings, which doesn’t just benefit the gardeners, it also puts a little money into the village pot too.
“We struggle financially to fund the hall hire, pay speaker fees and insurance so any financial help is very much appreciated.”
The club organises regular visits to properties opening as part of the RHS Chelsea and National Garden Scheme and guest speakers talk to the group about their specialist subject.
Visitors lined up for 2019 include Vicky Fox from Plantagogo who will give a talk about heucheras and horticulturist and garden designer Jeff Bates, who is a Britain in Bloom regional and national judge will be talking about lawns, hedges and topiary.
Members of the club vary in age, as do their gardens – some are small cottage gardens, others are more extensive.
“We have members with gardens originally designed in the 1970s by television gardener Percy Thrower,” said Valerie. “While some are very small with no lawns or hedges, but lots of pots and imagination.
“We have been successful in the RHS Chatsworth Flower Show for the two years running, which for a club of our size, which hasn’t been going very long, is no mean feat.
“The Community Pot is a group endeavour; this year’s theme was Eat Me, Drink Me and every element of the planter had to be edible or drinkable.
“We are all grateful to Lubrizol for its generous donation. The club means a great deal to our many members, not just educationally, but also socially.”